Henry VI Part 3


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Enter three Watchmen, to guard King Edward's

tent


FIRST WATCHMAN

Come on, my masters; each man take his stand.
stand (n.) 2 post, position, station

The King by this is set him down to sleep.
set down (v.) 3 settle down
this, by by this time


SECOND WATCHMAN

What, will he not to bed?


FIRST WATCHMAN

Why, no; for he hath made a solemn vow

Never to lie and take his natural rest

Till Warwick or himself be quite suppressed.


SECOND WATCHMAN

Tomorrow then belike shall be the day,
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems See Topics: Frequency count

If Warwick be so near as men report.


THIRD WATCHMAN

But say, I pray, what nobleman is that

That with the King here resteth in his tent?


FIRST WATCHMAN

'Tis the Lord Hastings, the King's chiefest friend.


THIRD WATCHMAN

O, is it so? But why commands the King

That his chief followers lodge in towns about him,
lodge (v.) 1 sleep, lie, remain

While he himself keeps in the cold field?
keep (v.) 1 lodge, live, dwell


SECOND WATCHMAN

'Tis the more honour, because more dangerous.


THIRD WATCHMAN

Ay, but give me worship and quietness;
worship (n.) 4 dignified ease, comfortable dignity

I like it better than a dangerous honour.

If Warwick knew in what estate he stands,
estate (n.) 1 state, situation, circumstances

'Tis to be doubted he would waken him.
doubt (v.) 1 fear, be afraid [for], feel anxious [for]


FIRST WATCHMAN

Unless our halberds did shut up his passage.
shut up (v.) 1 prevent, bar, close off


SECOND WATCHMAN

Ay, wherefore else guard we his royal tent,

But to defend his person from night-foes?

Enter Warwick, George, Oxford, Somerset, and

French soldiers, silent all


WARWICK

This is his tent; and see where stand his guard.

Courage, my masters! Honour now or never!

But follow me, and Edward shall be ours.


FIRST WATCHMAN

Who goes there?


SECOND WATCHMAN

Stay, or thou diest!

Warwick and the rest cry all, ‘ Warwick! Warwick!’

and set upon the guard, who fly, crying, ‘ Arm! Arm!’,

Warwick and the rest following them

The drum playing and trumpet sounding, enter

Warwick, Somerset, and the rest, bringing King

Edward out in his gown, sitting in a chair. Richard

and Hastings fly over the stage


SOMERSET

What are they that fly there?


WARWICK

Richard and Hastings; let them go. Here is the
gown (n.) 1 loose upper garment worn by men

Duke.


EDWARD

‘ The Duke ’! Why, Warwick, when we parted,

Thou called'st me king.
case (n.) 1 state, plight, situation, circumstance


WARWICK

                         Ay, but the case is altered:

When you disgraced me in my embassade,
embassade (n.) embassy, mission [as an ambassador]

Then I degraded you from being king,

And come now to create you Duke of York.

Alas! How should you govern any kingdom,

That know not how to use ambassadors,
use (v.) 2 treat, deal with, manage

Nor how to be contented with one wife,

Nor how to use your brothers brotherly,
use (v.) 2 treat, deal with, manage

Nor how to study for the people's welfare,
study (v.) 2 endeavour, take pains, make an effort

Nor how to shroud yourself from enemies?
shroud (v.) hide, conceal, shelter


EDWARD

Yea, brother of Clarence, art thou here too?

Nay, then I see that Edward needs must down.
down (v.) fall, go down, be overthrown

Yet, Warwick, in despite of all mischance,
mischance (n.) misfortune, calamity, mishap

Of thee thyself and all thy complices,
complice (n.) accomplice, confederate, associate

Edward will always bear himself as king.

Though Fortune's malice overthrow my state,
state (n.) 6 kingship, majesty, sovereignty

My mind exceeds the compass of her wheel.
compass (n.) 1 range, reach, limit, scope


WARWICK

Then, for his mind, be Edward England's king.

He takes off Edward's crown

But Henry now shall wear the English crown,

And be true king indeed, thou but the shadow.

My lord of Somerset, at my request,

See that forthwith Duke Edward be conveyed

Unto my brother, Archbishop of York.

When I have fought with Pembroke and his fellows,
fellow (n.) 1 companion, associate

I'll follow you, and tell what answer

Lewis and the Lady Bona send to him.

Now, for a while farewell, good Duke of York.


EDWARD

What fates impose, that men must needs abide;
abide (v.) 1 endure, undergo, face

It boots not to resist both wind and tide.
boot (v.) 1 help, serve, benefit, be useful [to]

They lead him out forcibly


OXFORD

What now remains, my lords, for us to do

But march to London with our soldiers?


WARWICK

Ay, that's the first thing that we have to do;

To free King Henry from imprisonment

And see him seated in the regal throne.

Exeunt

 
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